If you aren’t acquainted with light tackle fishing, you might have some questions on the topic. For starters, light tackle is a system that includes a specific rod, reel, and line size, in order to make it easier to use light baits. It means using downsized, more sensitive equipment. I often light tackle fish on local ponds. I grab my rod and reel with 4lb test and my favorite tackle backpack and spend a few hours fishing.
There is a general misconception according to which light tackle implies fishing with tiny baits and soft rods. While it could be like this, as well, it doesn’t have to be.
I prefer using a wide range of baits so that I can have a large variety to choose from. We could argue that light tackle is a system that requires using specific equipment and certain methods in order to achieve a goal. And that goal could be catching more fish.
Check out this video of PK Yi using light tackle for Smallmouth Bass.
Why Light Tackle?
Many professional anglers prefer using a light tackle as a safety strategy, in the event in which traditional methods don’t bring fruitful results. And this is definitely true. To be honest, this tactic will make fish bite, not just when they are particularly picky.
If you reduce the line size and baits, you actually make your offerings more enticing to a more extensive population of bass species. That would result in more strikes and catching more fish – which is the ultimate goal of every enthusiast fisher.
Light tackle fishing is really fun. I always like to spice up the fishing techniques I use, to keep things interesting and exciting. Plus, I believe that experiencing different techniques teaches us versatility. Not to mention that, when other methods fail you, light tackle fishing could help you attain your target.
Does Light Tackle Fishing Harm Big Fish?
You might believe that, when using light equipment, there is the likelihood of harming the fish. Still, just as traditional gear poses a range of risks, the same applies in the case of light tackle fishing. However, there is a myth according to which light-tackle angling requires longer to land larger fish. Eventually, this could create more stress.
Nonetheless, if you’re using a 4 or 6 lbs. light line, it shouldn’t take much longer to land a large fish than it would with a normal line weighing 10 or 12 lbs.
The only way in which you could harm the fish is if you mistreat it. If you handle it accordingly, the odds are you’ll be able to release the fish safely into the water. That being said, my advice is to always handle fish gently, whether you use standard or light gear.
Is Light Tackle Fishing Suitable for Any Type of Water?
Yes – you may use light tackle fishing techniques anywhere you fish. In fact, as soon as you come to master these techniques, you’ll become much better at catching fish – take my word for it.
I hope that this brief article has clarified the topic of light tackle fishing. Experimenting with different techniques can definitely make fishing more pleasurable and enticing – so don’t hesitate to give new things a go. Who knows? You’ll end up loving them more than you’d thought.
Here is a another video from the World Fishing Network on light tackle fishing.